• New experiments are here

    For spring 2022 we are testing the FDC in three ways: 1) using seeds for germination and growth tests 2) applying to a lawn, or top dressing a lawn 3) use with seedlings (already started plants) Each method has a few variations, but the processes are pretty straightforward. General rules when applying and testing FDC You need to do “twins” — for each plant variety or tree type or lawn area, try to select a roughly identical pair of plant and locations.  Apply the Fungal-Dominant Compost (FDC) to only one of the two plants (trees, lawn areas); the second plant will be your reference. Both plants must be exposed to…

  • How To: Build your bioreactor

    Full instructions for large bioreactors can also be found here: https://www.csuchico.edu/regenerativeagriculture/bioreactor/bioreactor-instructions.shtml Why do we ask for money? We rely on volunteers for all our work. We're incorporating as a not-for-profit: But we are doing science! And, for our science to progress we need things like Microbiometers (to measure soil carbon and fungi:bacteria ratios), pallets, wire, BRIX refactors (which measure sugar in leaves which tells nutrition levels) and other groovy stuff. Your money pays for all of this. Which keeps our science going. Thank you! How to build your bioreactor will look at two methods: the Large Bioreactor and the Home Bioreactor. In this, the large bioreactor build, Scott has made…

  • ONfungi video demonstrates “Mix, Strain, Apply” the 2021/22 lawn experiment

    In this video volunteer participant Janice Reid applies the biotic tea to an area of grass under a maple tree. Conditions noted included the poor health of the tree and the Microbiometer tests came in at 300 ug/g in the first area and 365 in the second. Both those results indicate "poor" soil and low carbon. Low carbon means few carbon lifeforms such as protozoa, nematodes, bacteria, or fungi. No wonder the tree is struggling. We look forward to our test results coming spring 2022. Special thanks to Janice Reid for her generosity of time and spirit. Kelvin Hodges for yet another video. Bensound for putting his jazz online. In…

  • Farm experiment: making large batch compost tea

    In this video, Mark explains how to use an at home brewer to create organic compost tea from our very own ONfungi compost. Though Mark is displayed using a large agricultural sized brewer, a similar technique can be used using a much smaller brewer for home applications. The ingredients in this “tea” include: For a 200 Gallon Brewer: -¾ Cup of Seaweed -½ cup of oat flour -½ cup of spelt flour -¾ cup of humates -¾ cup of Fish Hydrolysate -2 cups of ONfungi compost in a mesh bag. Place a bubbler within the brewer to allow for oxygenation, add the ingredients in whichever order you prefer and allow…